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Ill Will is On

Thomas Gerbasi, UFC - Ill Will indeed. The tension in the air was thick Friday at the MGM Grand Conference Center’s Marquee Ballroom as the 22 fighters on Saturday’s sold out UFC 84 card weighed in, and the heat wasn’t just confined to the headliners, UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn and former champion Sean Sherk. In fact, after months of back and forth barbs, Penn (155) and Sherk (155) were just ready to stop talking and start fighting tomorrow night.

By Thomas Gerbasi

LAS VEGAS, May 23 – Ill Will indeed. The tension in the air was thick Friday at the MGM Grand Conference Center’s Marquee Ballroom as the 22 fighters on Saturday’s sold out UFC 84 card weighed in, and the heat wasn’t just confined to the headliners, UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn and former champion Sean Sherk. In fact, after months of back and forth barbs, Penn (155) and Sherk (155) were just ready to stop talking and start fighting tomorrow night.

“I’m gonna give everything I can,” said Penn. “I’m not gonna stop the whole night. I’m not gonna stop.”

“I’ve got a job to do,” said Sherk, who will be looking to regain the crown stripped from him after a positive test result for nandrolone last year, a result he still vehemently denies. “I put all that behind me…I think you guys are in for a hell of a night.”

By the looks of things, Sherk is right and while that goes without saying for the main event, the rest of the card looks just as explosive, with previously overlooked bouts between light heavyweights Antonio Mendes and Thiago Silva, Goran Reljic and Wilson Gouveia, and and Kaz Nakamura and Sokoudjou all showing the type of intensity during their post-weigh in staredowns that usually means a war is about to break out

As for the more established 205-pounders on the bill, Wanderlei Silva and Keith Jardine were focused but respectful, while former light heavyweight champ Tito Ortiz showed more venom for UFC President Dana White (who was not in attendance) than the man who will be trying to punch him in the face tomorrow night, the calm, cool, and collected Lyoto Machida.

Official UFC 84: Ill Will weigh-In Results

UFC Lightweight Championship
Sean Sherk (155) vs BJ Penn (155)

Wanderlei Silva (205) vs Keith Jardine (205)
Tito Ortiz (205) vs Lyoto Machida (203)
Antonio Mendes (203) vs Thiago Silva (205)
Goran Reljic (205) vs Wilson Gouveia (205)
Rousimar Palhares (185) vs Ivan Salaverry (185)
Kazuhiro Nakamura (206) vs Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (204)
Terry Etim (155) vs Rich Clementi (155)
Yoshiyuki Yoshida (170) vs Jon Koppenhaver (170)
Dong Hyun Kim (171) vs Jason Tan (170)
Shane Carwin (252) vs Christian Wellisch (230)

UFC 84 Official Site

Saturday, May 23
10PM/7PM
ETPT
Las Vegas, Nevada

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